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Northern State's blending of riot grrrl sloganeering into Paul's Boutique nostalgia and up-to-the-second references "I'm a full grown woman, once a gifted child/And this is Northern State, not Girls Gone Wild" -- rap it in the cadence of Mike D works pretty well on All City, their Sony debut. Great title, too. There is a nagging in the back of the skull, though, one that wonders just what it all means between the props to Brooklyn, strong displays of self-confidence, and shout-outs to Carrie Bradshaw and Chang Kai Shek. But this notion has nothing to do with Hesta Prynn, Spero, and Sprout's gender, or even their erudite candor. It's just the feeling you'd get from hearing any just-decent hip-hop record. Cassidy's ...
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Northern State's blending of riot grrrl sloganeering into Paul's Boutique nostalgia and up-to-the-second references "I'm a full grown woman, once a gifted child/And this is Northern State, not Girls Gone Wild" -- rap it in the cadence of Mike D works pretty well on All City, their Sony debut. Great title, too. There is a nagging in the back of the skull, though, one that wonders just what it all means between the props to Brooklyn, strong displays of self-confidence, and shout-outs to Carrie Bradshaw and Chang Kai Shek. But this notion has nothing to do with Hesta Prynn, Spero, and Sprout's gender, or even their erudite candor. It's just the feeling you'd get from hearing any just-decent hip-hop record. Cassidy's Split Personality, anyone? Northern State stick doggedly to their three-way microphone format, and there are occasional lapses in the lyrics department. But hip-hop's as famous for half-baked full-lengths as it is for beats and braggadocio, so a focus on its strong side is all it takes to make All City a champ. The slow-motion cool of the Muggs-produced "Style I Bring" seems influenced by the Beasties' "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun," and "Girl for All Seasons" is the requisite X-chromosome anthem, but don't peg Northern State as no-fun feminists or bookish prudes. The loosely funky party jam "Last Night" rhymes "anus" with "champagne us," and "Summer Never Ends" is completely, utterly irresistible. With guest Har Mar Superstar "Three MCs Hesta P, Spero, Sprout and me/Are gonna bone the f*ck out to the next party!", Northern State turn in the latest, greatest track for warm-weather livin' in the city, with soft references to '80s electro think Shannon just for fun. Pete Rock produces the throwback-styled "Time to Rhyme," and Long Island homies and touring backup band Groove Bros contribute strongly in various instrumental capacities throughout All City. The whole album might not make it into your rotation. But its singles are gold for the iPod shuffle. [All City
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969282724
  • Catalog Number: 92827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ignite (3:51)
  2. 2 Girl for All Seasons (2:56)
  3. 3 Nice With It (3:45)
  4. 4 Last Night (3:28)
  5. 5 Think Twice (4:13)
  6. 6 Don't Look Down (4:00)
  7. 7 Siren Song (3:39)
  8. 8 Style I Bring (3:58)
  9. 9 Time to Rhyme (4:30)
  10. 10 Speaking for Me (3:33)
  11. 11 Summer Never Ends (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Northern State Primary Artist
Steven Halpern Organ, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
John Fields Synthesizer, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Wurlitzer
Rogelio Lozano Bass, Guitar
Pete Rock Vocals
Dani Klein Vocals, Guest Appearance
The High & Mighty Vocals
Sprout Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Mr. Eon Vocals, Guest Appearance
Har Mar Superstar Vocals
Spero Vocals
Katie Cassidy Guitar, Harp
Rob Hill Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Strings, Keyboards
Thera L. Choice Organ, Piano, Beat Box
Chris Fargo Guitar
Mike Halpern Percussion, Drums
Alice Lord Violin
Colin Malley Hand Clapping
Hesta Prynn Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Damian Quiñones Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Skotch Rockie Bass
Dana Klein Vocals
Thera L Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Steven Halpern Programming, drum programming
John Fields Producer, Engineer, beats
Brian Gardner Mastering
Mark Grant Engineer
Muggs Producer, Audio Production
Jamey Staub Engineer
J. Fields Composer
A.P. Thompson Composer
Pete Rock Composer, Audio Production
Michael Halsband Cover Photo
?uestlove Producer
Manifest Producer, Audio Production
DJ Drez Cut
Sprout drum machine
Jim Bottari Engineer
Har Mar Superstar Composer
The Groove Brothers Producer
Northern State Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
DJ Mighty MI Producer, Audio Production
Rob Hill Programming, Engineer
Chuck Brody Engineer
Thera L. Choice drum programming
Nails Marowitz Art Direction
Mister Wohlsen Engineer
P. "Peter Rock" Phillips Producer
Damian Quiñones Sound Effects, drum programming
Johnny Rodeo Engineer
Grover Zinn Engineer
Thera L drum programming
Chris Conway Engineer
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